(Ivo Dimchev - excerpt from the text of the performance We.art.dog.come)
According to Ivo Dimchev, the first reason for which we should see his most recent creation, We.art.dog.come is the fact that it explores the border between nature and culture. This topic has been endlessly talked and written about in philosophy, sociology and anthropology, it has been in the centre of many debates related to the condition of the contemporary human being, but we must admit that it has rarely been assumed within performative contexts.
Maybe because this relation (whether it is a conflict or not) between nature and culture remains somehow a very theoretical subject, many artists were forced to keep silent about it. Ivo Dimchev openly chooses this topic and stages the exploration of the border between nature and culture, leading us to the conclusion that there must be a conflict between the two concepts.
We subsequently see the stage being populated by three performers, a dog, a TV set with a white broken image active all along the performance, some plants (they seem natural...), a cage containing big needles, then six puppets looking like burnt down bodies, fake flowers invading the stage, the dog left alone and leashed within this scenery...
But, where are we? The key-dialogue of the performance sheds a light upon this question:
- Hey Christian, do you know where we are?
- We are in the middle of someone's subjective reality. How do you feel?
- Strange is good...
The question that may naturally arise in the mind of the spectator is: "Where am I? Am I watching THEIR subjective reality from MY subjective reality, or am I completely contained by this subjectivity he is talking about?" The fact is that we will never know. As long as a term like subjectivity is brought in the picture, anything can be assumed, nothing is objective and nothing can stand as a universal principle. We are caught in the trap of subjectivity like creatures caught in a cage, thinking they are birds, when they may be only big needles dreaming of flying...
All that happens on stage during this performance must be regarded like an exercise of subjectivity which may be easily considered a synonym to honesty. Ivo Dimchev accompanies us through a labyrinth of situations and assumptions that may be very personal: from the death of a dog to the condition of the contemporary artist, from the" hunger of the worms" to the "representation of God", from the conversation of two men to the simulation of a couple that may work in our cultural representation like a distorted image of the originary couple Adam and Eve, everything feels like an evanescent flow of images on a screen that we will never have full access to...
Idea, text, music and choreography: Ivo Dimchev
Performers: Ivo Dimchev, Christian Bakalov, Mariyan Ivanov and Jackal
Co-Production: BudaCentrum / Kortrjik, Dansand / Ostende, KaiTheater / Brussels, Fraskati / Amsterdam, Dasarts / Amsterdam, Volksroom / Ivo Dimchev, Impulstanz / Vienna, Humarts Foundation / Sofia
Photo: Thomas Lenden
Premieres: 3,4 December 2010 - Buda Kortrjik /Belgium, NEXT Festival.